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Aitken family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1888, 1900-1954

Fonds consists of personal records of the Aitken family and material related to the employment of Thomas and Isaac Aitken. Includes correspondence to Thomas Aitken related to compensation and pension payments; invoices and receipts for the funeral and burial of Mary A. Greenwell and John B.Greenwell; information circulars from the Workmen's Compensation Board, the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the New Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company; Thomas Aitken's Sick and Accident fund passbook from the Western Fuel Corporation; Certificates of Competency for Thomas and Isaac Aitken; copies of the Constitution of the International Union of the United Mine Worker's of America, the Wage Agreement between Canadian Collieries and UMWA, District No. 18 and a copy of the I.C.S. Coal Miner's Handbook; a handbill for a union meeting, a medical certificate for Isaac; and a small notebook that records cheques sent and received and various other items. Also included are the eye glasses and cases of Thomas and Mary Aitken.

Aitken (family)

Al Addison fonds: 1912-1969

  • Fonds
  • [Photocopied ca. 1969]

Fonds consists of reproduced maps and reports, annotated by Addison, related to the Blue Flame Mine. Includes a copy of a portion of the G.H. Clapp report on gas formations in the Nanaimo Basin (1912), a copy of the Wilkinson report of Morden Mine and area (1920), a copy of a drilling report of the Big Flame Mine, and copies of sketches Addison made in 1969 of the stratigraphy in the area around the Blue Flame Mine.

Addison, Al

Albert Hitchen collection

  • Fonds
  • 1940

Collection consists of Albert Hitchen's pay statements for work in the Northfield Mine (Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd.). Statements show gross wages less deductions for such items as coal, doctor, hospital fund, income tax, national defence tax and union dues.

Bright Mine fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1952-1953

Fonds consists of one volume that lists daily tonnage totals, amount of coal and rock per ton, number of miners, timbering and other statistics related to the extraction of coal. Volume also includes total annual tonnages for 1952 and 1953. Annual tonnage totals are comparable to the totals given in the Minister of Mines Annual Reports for 1952 and 1953 and confirm the volume's provenance.

Bright Mine

Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1904-1968

Fonds consists of records related to the administration and operations of Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd and its successor Canadian Collieries Resources Ltd. Fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Annual reports; 2) Reports; 3) Letters of agreement; 4) Office vouchers; 5) Maps; 6) Employment records; 7) Union Bay records and 8) Miscellaneous.

Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir)

Cassidy Mine fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1919, 1930-1953

The fonds consists of correspondence (1953), cashbooks (1919, 1939-1952), coal record (1938), coal sales (1933-1945), committee minutes (1930-1932), and payroll records (1943-1952). Payroll records include personal names.

Cassidy Mine

Charles Spence fonds

  • CA NCAI 2001 015 A
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1950

Fonds consists of pay statements from various mines including Nanaimo (Western Fuel Corporation), Wellington Mine (Canadian Collieries, Dunsmuir) and Wellington White Rapids Mine.

Spence, Charles W.

Coal Tyee Society fonds

  • CA NCAI 1996 037 A
  • Fonds
  • 1978-1990

Fonds is arranged in six series: 1) Constitution and bylaws; 2) Minutes; 3) Correspondence; 4) Financial Records; 5) Projects; 6) Miscellaneous.

Coal Tyee Society

Consumers Coal Mines fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1922-1929

The fonds consists of correspondence and reports.

Consumers Coal Mines

Dan Radford fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900], 1927-1956

Fonds consists of photographs and certificates that relate to Radford's work as a coal miner and local and provincial labour representative. Photographs include views of a mine rescue team, Radford at a conference in Turkey, a United Mine Workers of America Convention in Calgary, a strike at Imperial Laundry in Nanaimo, and Ladysmith miners. Certificates include a Certificate of Competency (1927) and a receipt for a certificate from the Granby Mine (1928).

Radford, Dan

Francis John fonds

  • Fonds
  • Photocopied 2000 (originally created 1916)

Fonds consists of a certificate of competency for mine rescue work (1916) and a certificate of competency for 2nd class (1916), which allowed Francis John to work as an Overman in British Columbia under the provisions of the Coal Mines Regulations Act.

John, Francis

Fred Taylor collection

  • Fonds
  • 1995-1997

Collection consists of correspondence and notes, compiled by Fred Taylor, related to the City of Nanaimo's acquisition of an old steam coal mine whistle from Air Chime Manufacturing Company. The coal mine whistle was blown every day in Nanaimo to announce shift changes and other mining related events. Includes a report on chain of title of various local mining companies and council minutes relating to Fred Taylor's role as negotiator of the whistle's return to Nanaimo. Also includes two photographs of Fred Taylor and Mayor Gary Korpan with whistle.

Freeman family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1908-1937

Fonds consists of a family photograph album, certificates, mine reports, a letter of recommendation from the British Columbia Chamber of MInes and a copy of a trial regarding the drowning deaths of miners at Beban Mine.

Freeman (family)

Hudson's Bay Company fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1852-1858

Fonds consists of correspondence (1852); daybooks (1852-1854, 1857-58); a letterbook (1852-53); 24 indentures (1854), and the Nanaimo memoranda (1855-57).

Hudson's Bay Company

James Hardy fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1904-1905

Fonds consists of a booklet which is inscribed "James Hardy, Nanaimo B.C." and which contains handwritten notes on steam boilers, pressures, etc. Also includes certificates issued to James Hardy for competency as a third class engineer and steam plant operator.

Hardy, James

Mayo Lumber Company collection : 1959-1972

  • Fonds
  • Reprinted ca. 1981

Collection consists of photocopies of newspaper clippings about Mayo Lumber Company, two letters and three information circulars titled "Enterprise and Action", "The Mayo Group--Its History and Potential" and "A Few Facts about Mayo Lumber Company Ltd."

Nanaimo Foundry fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1930-1979

Fonds consists of the business records of the Nanaimo Foundry. Fonds is arranged in four series: 1) Plans, Quotes and Technical Drawings; 2) Photographs; 3) Work Orders and 4) Pattern Book.

Nanaimo Foundry

Nanaimo Gold Commissioner fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1935-1946

The fonds consists of correspondence and receipts.

British Columbia. Nanaimo Gold Commissioner

Nanaimo Mine Rescue Station fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1914-1951

The fonds consists of correspondence, examination record, mine rescue team lists and annual reports, annual reports (1914-1936) to the Chief Inspector of mines, correspondence (1922-1951) consisting of reports from and letters to the Vancouver Mine Safety Association, the Inspector of Mines and the Mine Rescue Station in Nanaimo, examination questions for third class candidates (1934-1936), the examination record (1915-1934, 1936-1951) listing the activities and dates of each student and number of laps made, pulse and condition of trainee, and mine rescue team lists which document note date, team number, mine number, and names of miners.

British Columbia. Nanaimo Mine Rescue Station

Robert Carruthers fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1921-1968, 1996

Fonds consists of three plans indicating the workings of the Louden-Wakelem slopes and Carruthers slopes of Wellington #9 mine from 1949 until 1964. The latest is incomplete but does include a manuscript schematic drawing of Nanaimo mine locations. Copies of Mr. Carruthers miner's certificates, copies of newspaper articles written about Mr. Carruthers upon his retirement and his textbooks on mining are also included. A number of these are from the International Correspondence School (ICS). Also included are two Special Rules booklets that outline the rules and regulations of Western Fuel Company mines in Nanaimo and descriptions of various mine jobs (shotlighter, bratticemen, loaders etc.).

Carruthers, Robert, b. 1899

Robertson family fonds

  • Fonds
  • [197-]

Fonds consists of a manuscript, in question and answer format, about coal mining written by Thomas Robertson. Fonds also includes copies of clippings from Mrs. Robertson's scrapbook. Clipping topics include: Ripple Rock, mine rescue competitions, and family events.

Robertson (family)

United Mine Workers of America Local 7355 (Nanaimo) fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1915-1979

Fonds consists of the administrative records of the United Mine Workers of America Local 7355 (Nanaimo) union. Fonds is arranged in ten series: 1) Constitution; 2) Minutes; 3) Financial records; 4) Correspondence; 5) Wage Agreement papers; 6) Membership; 7) Election records; 8) Workman's Compensation records; 9) Reference and 10) Miscellaneous.

United Mine Workers of America. District 18. Local 7355 (Nanaimo, B.C.)

Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1862-1899

Fonds consists of records which document the operations of the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company in the Nanaimo area. Photocopied materials predominate but the fonds also includes some original records. The fonds is arranged in three series 1) Administrative records; 2) Journals and 3) Financial records.

Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company

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